by Adam Hayes
There is only one week left in the regular season, and things are starting to get really interesting in college football. There are several teams still alive in the hunt for the four spots in the College Football Playoff, and the major awards will soon be handed out to the nation’s best players. Here is a look at some stories to watch as the college football season winds down.
Big Ten in the Mix
Ohio State just barely held on to beat Michigan State last week, and that is a good thing for college football fans. That means that this weekend’s matchup between the two bitter rivals is a de facto playoff game. The team that comes out on top will get in the College Football Playoff as long as they can go on to win the Big Ten Championship Game. In addition, Wisconsin and Penn State also have a chance to make it into the playoff if things break their way.
Lamar Jackson Ready to Collect a Lot of Hardware
Jackson burst onto the scene in his very first college football game, throwing six touchdowns passes and rushing for two more. The Louisville freshman quarterback has been dazzling the college football world ever since. Even after he finally looked mortal in the loss to Houston that ended Louisville’s chances of making the College Football Playoff, he still has been nominated for every major award other than the Heisman Trophy. The only reason he hasn’t been nominated for it is because the nominees have not been announced. However, he is almost certainly a lock to win the Heisman and several other awards.
Can Anyone Stop Alabama?
Every team in the nation other than Alabama has lost a game. All the other teams that are likely headed to the College Football Playoff have looked vulnerable at times even in their wins. The Crimson Tide have looked pretty much unbeatable all season long. They have only had one game that they didn’t win by a double-digit margin, and that was on the road at Ole Miss way back in September. Since that time, teams that have played them have looked helpless. The three teams that might have a shot to beat the Tide are Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson, but it is hard to imagine anyone beating Alabama other than Alabama. Unless they have an off day, Nick Saban will likely add to his legacy by winning his sixth national championship.
Can Colorado Win the Pac-12?
Colorado has been one of the best stories of the 2016 college football season. Before the season began, most experts picked Colorado to finish last in the Pac-12 South. They are eating crow now. The Buffaloes can win the Pac-12 South and play in the Pac-12 Championship Game if they beat Utah on Friday. They even have an outside chance of making it into the College Football Playoff. It’s a pretty exciting place to be for the long-suffering Colorado fan base.